UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday called on the international community to help Burundi continue its path towards peace and sustainable development.
Today, more than ever, Burundi needs support,''Ban said in a message to the first Sectoral Conference in the country held in the capital, Bujumbura.
PANA reported that the secretary-general's message was delivered by his Special Representative for Burundi, Mr Parfait Onanga-Anyanga.
The UN chief stated that the country had already progressed along the long and difficult path towards peace and sustainable development, adding that now all stakeholders must come together to implement the recommendations of the conference of Development Partners in Geneva in October.
He also called for inclusive participation from all sectors of society, stressing that this was essential to fight poverty and promote growth.
The State holds primary responsibility for upholding its commitments but civil society, the private sector, religious and local communities and the development partners must all play their part.
The engagement of women and youth is especially critical to success," he noted.
Ban added that the Conference represented an essential step in efforts to ensure that the commitments made at the Conference of Development Partners in Geneva in October are being implemented.
I am grateful to the government for organising this conference, which is an essential step forward in our common efforts to ensure that the Geneva commitments are realised.
I also thank Burundi's partners for their engagement, which reflects an important degree of international solidarity.
Together, we can help Burundi to fight poverty, generate employment, promote fair economic growth, participate in regional integration, and reinforce the state while protecting the human rights and fundamental freedoms of all citizens," he stated.
During the Conference, more representatives from a range of countries identified ways to support Burundi's continued progress in reducing poverty and ensuring sustainable livelihoods.
The international community also committed two billion dollars to accelerate the country's development.